John Roach (bishop)
|His Excellency The Most Reverend
|Archbishop emeritus of St. Paul and Minneapolis|
|Appointed||May 21, 1975|
|Term ended||September 8, 1995|
|Ordination||June 18, 1946|
|Consecration||September 8, 1971|
|Born||July 31, 1921
Prior Lake, Minnesota
|Died||July 11, 2003|
|Previous post||Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis (1971–1975)
Titular Bishop of Cenae (1971–1975)
|Alma mater||Saint Paul Seminary|
John Robert Roach
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Ordination history of John Roach (bishop)|
|Date of ordination||June 9, 1946|
|Principal consecrator||Luigi Raimondi|
|Co-consecrator||Leo Christopher Byrne|
|Date of consecration||September 8, 1971|
|Victor Hermann Balke||September 2, 1976|
|Paul Vincent Dudley||January 25, 1977|
|John Francis Kinney||January 25, 1977|
|William Henry Bullock||August 12, 1980|
|Robert Henry Brom||May 23, 1983|
|Robert James Carlson||January 11, 1984|
|Jerome George Hanus, OSB||August 24, 1987|
|Joseph Leo Charron, CPPS||January 25, 1990|
|Roger Lawrence Schwietz, OMI||February 2, 1990|
John Roach was born in Prior Lake, Minnesota, to Simon and Mary Roach. The eldest of three children, he had two younger sisters—Virginia and Mona. He attended public elementary school in Prior Lake, and studied for two years at Shakopee High School. In his junior year he transferred to Nazareth Hall Preparatory Seminary and began his studies for the priesthood. He proceeded to Saint Paul Seminary in 1941 for philosophy and theology. Due to the accelerated program of priestly formation put in place there during World War II, he was ordained a priest on June 18, 1946, while still 24 years old.
He served as a priest in a number of different assignments over the course of the next 25 years. On July 12, 1971, at the age of 49 he was appointed Titular Bishop of Cenae and Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis; he was consecrated on September 8, 1971.
His archiepiscopate (as bishop of the diocese) began on May 21, 1975, when he succeeded Archbishop Leo Binz and ended with the acceptance of his retirement on September 8, 1995. He was succeeded by Coadjutor Archbishop Harry Flynn, and became the Archbishop Emeritus.
In 1977, Roach delivered the benediction at the inauguration of President Jimmy Carter. He served as the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference from 1980 to 1983.
Roach made national news when he was arrested for drunk driving on February 21, 1985. He was discovered to have a blood alcohol count of 0.19, after driving his car into the wall of a convenience store. 
Roach died on July 11, 2003.
- "Archbishop John Robert Roach". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
|Catholic Church titles|
|Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis
John R. Quinn
|President of the NCCB/USCC
James W. Malone